In an interview with Sister 2 Sister magazine, gospel artist Tye Tribbett discussed one of the most polarizing issues facing the church today: homosexuality.
Though his views fall in line with most clergy members, Tribbett argues the Black church needs temper its message on homosexuality by reaching out to the LGBTQ community.
“I just think their approach is militant, and I think a lot of times when your sin is not somebody else’s sin, it’s so much easier to condemn,” Tribbett told Sister 2 Sister’s Jamie Foster Brown in reference to how pastors deal with gay congregants. “It makes you feel better about your dysfunctions when another person’s dysfunctions are seemingly worse.”
Though Tribbett’s opinion appear to open the door for a more inclusive church, his stance on whether homosexuality is what God’s thinks is “best for us” falls in line with traditional dogma.
Jamie Foster Brown: I think we keep ourselves so contained within this box, and especially religion does. Plus, with homosexuality, quite frankly, I just think it’s a natural thing for them, because I don’t think anybody, especially in the past, would want to come here and be condemned. Nobody wants that. People want to be naturally accepted. Do you understand what I’m saying?
Tye Tribbett: Yeah, I definitely understand. Well, I want to respond to that: There are lots of things that are natural to us that may not be God’s best for us. That’s my only thing. I’m not saying that homosexuality is not natural. I agree with you that it is. There are several things that come naturally that’s not God’s best. Children 2 years old, “Did you eat that cookie?” “No.” Lying came naturally to them.
TT: Nobody taught that kid how to lie. It came in the flesh package, but that’s not God’s best. There are certain things that can trigger the not-so-great natural in all of us. But is it God’s will or God’s best for us, period? And I don’t condemn homosexuality, but I don’t believe it’s God’s best for our lifestyle, according to the Bible.